KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Rwanda has announced plans to end malnutrition
before the global target to do so by 2025, according to
country’s Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi.
The premier, who was
speaking to reporters on Thursday shortly after opening the
first round table of Compact2025, said that Rwanda cannot lag
behind in fighting malnutrition where other countries have
Compact2025 is a
global campaign aimed to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by
from the Rwanda agriculture ministry indicates that malnutrition
rate in children has dropped from 52 percent in 2005 to 38 per
cent in 2016.
Rwanda Minister of
Agriculture and Resources Géraldine Mukeshimana said that Rwanda
has demonstrated the will to end the global scourge ahead of
2025 which has led to the drop of malnutrition rate. The drop is
a result of several initiatives set out by the government to
fight malnutrition and hunger.
“We are currently
focusing on education of women and their empowerment on
decision making on family fund use. A study we conducted
recently revealed that malnutrition was less among children
born to educated women than those born to non-educated women,”
the minister said.
The government has
put more efforts in fighting hunger and malnutrition by setting
up various initiatives like the One Cow Per Poor Family
programme, One Cup of Milk per Child per day, school feeding
programme and establishment of the national grain strategic
agricultural productivity and improving food security is a
priority under Rwanda Vision 2020, which includes child
nutrition as a key indicator.
Food security and
nutrition are considered key issues in growth blueprint, the
second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy.
In the east Africa
region, Rwanda lags behind Uganda and Kenya, which report lower
children malnutrition rate, but performs better than Tanzania
Murekezi said the
government will continue implementing existing programmes such
as Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition, and the Crop
Experts at the
meeting revealed that about a million children die every year as
a result of inadequate nutrition and that millions more have
their prospects irreversibly damaged by the devastating effects
They’re calling for
world leaders respect global target to bring down the number of
children suffering from acute malnutrition and take action to
end child deaths from hunger.